I don’t really have a process on how to come up with my guiding word for the new year; it is usually less ‘active thinking’ but rather an opening of the mind to see what word floats in naturally at the end of each passing year.
Last year, my word was ‘TRUST’. It seemed like a lot to choose that word at the beginning of 2021 when the world was in such a fragile state and so much hope (at least here in the United States) was placed on the shoulders of our new president.
In retrospect, I think the word choice was a good one. An anchor, if you will. Even though 2021 was a huge disappointment in many ways, some of my trust was restored nonetheless and progress on many fronts was made (not so much on others, but hey, you can’t make an omelet without breaking eggs).
There was indeed this one word that has popped into my head over and over again in recent weeks and months in various situations and the choice felt inevitable.
My word for 2022 will be FORWARD.
Well, look. After everything we left behind in 2021, we don’t really have a choice, do we? It’s not like we were able to opt out of 2022. The new year is here and we have to move forward, so why not make it a mantra?
for·ward | \ ˈfȯr-wərd \
- toward the front
- to or toward what is ahead or in front
- toward the future
- to or toward a more advanced state or condition
- toward a successful conclusion
I mentioned in an earlier blog post that I’ll choose to focus on a positive attitude and the things that I can control this year, so if ‘forward’ doesn’t scream 2022, I don’t know what does!
Here are a few mantras I’ll keep circling in my head:
THINK FORWARD. I am a planner by nature and like to stay ahead of things (if at all possible). I know that not everything can be planned in advance, or even anticipated, but I’d like to have contingency plans in place and go forward feeling prepared that I can handle whatever life throws my way.
ADVANCE FORWARD and away from negative thoughts, draining relationships, and things that do not serve me. I tend to overthink (anyone else?) and hold on to negative feelings much longer than necessary (and healthy, sometimes) and I need to work on letting things go.
MOVE FORWARD from missteps and disappointments and give yourself some grace. They are normal and nothing to be ashamed about, and for sure not worth beating yourself up over.
PROCEED FORWARD with a healthy mindset and healthy habits. This is something that I have focused on last year already, but I keep tweaking my fitness routine and my eating habits and constantly feel a forward push to keep exploring what’s good for my mental and physical health, especially in these trying times.
I still expect there to be a lot of windy roads ahead, bends in the road that we can’t see past, and possibly a few ‘one step forward, two steps back’-situations, but with the right mindset and some determination, I want to believe that things will get better and that we will keep moving in the right direction.
Let’s LIVE FORWARD, friends! After all, what else is there to do?
What’s your word for 2022?